Washington monument affected!
No causality reported
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake centred in Virginia has shaken much of Washington DC and was felt as far north as New York City and Martha’s Vineyard. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of injuries. This was one of the largest earthquakes on the east coast in quite a while, in many decades at least. Two nuclear reactors at the North Anna power station were taken off-line. Around the tiny town of Mineral, Virginia, masonry crumbled. In Washington DC, thousands poured into the streets as offices, including in the Pentagon and the Capitol, were evacuated. . Manhattan’s forest of skyscrapers could be felt gently shifting from side to side. All the schools in the capital were closed down due to safety reason while some people thought that it is a terrorist attack, as the anniversary of september attacks are just 10 weeks away.
There were no immediate reports of deaths, but fire officials in Washington said there were some injuries.
The east coast gets earthquakes, but they are usually smaller and the area is less prepared than California or Alaska. The west coast of America is one of the most seismically active regions in the world, with the areas around Alaska and the San Andreas fault in California, prone to earthquakes on a regular basis.